Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Still Love Arts & Crafts

My design professor in college hated Arts & Crafts design. He also hated Chihuly and Vogue. I can understand why...everyone has their own tastes, and I can certainly see the shortcomings in those things he turned his nose at. But I don't feel quite as swayed by his opinions when I remember that he thought it perfectly worthwhile to spend a 2 1/2 hour class talking about American Express ads.

My mother is quite literally obsessed with the Arts & Crafts style and always has been (she and my dad are currently building a house in the style in the Port Townsend area). Personally, I have a deep love for what Arts & Crafts did to pattern design. You can certainly see its influence in the styles that are popular right now.

These prints are from Trustworth Studios. The studio says of their patterns, they "rely heavily on the designs of CFA Voysey and are reproduced from our own period documents and those in private collections." Definitly the quality you want to have if you are looking for authenticity...and you don't mind spending $7 a square foot.


Costume Diva said...

Wow those are gorgeous! They would look great framed as art, too!

lilbookbinder said...

Hi Jeanie,
I'm Lili--Kohleen's roommate. I graduated from BYU a couple years ago in printmaking.
Kohleen showed me your blog a few weeks ago and I've been blog-stalking you ever since.
First, your own work is beautiful.
Second, you have great taste. I just had to say how funny it is that you're blogging about this website, because I just found it last week and my mom and I were gawking over the beautiful designs.
I thought it better to share these thoughts with you than to keep it to myself :)

Jeanie Nelson said...

Thanks Lili! I just checked out your work. Amazing. I so miss bookbinding. Someday I'll pick it up again. I would love to feature you in a blog post sometime soon.